At the beginning of the 21st Century monsters still roam the remote, and sometimes not so remote, corners of our planet. It is our job to search for them. The Centre for Fortean Zoology [CFZ] is - we believe - the largest professional, scientific and full-time organisation in the world dedicated to cryptozoology - the study of unknown animals. Since 1992 the CFZ has carried out an unparalleled programme of research and investigation all over the world. Since 2009 we have been running the increasingly popular CFZ Blog Network, and although there has been an American branch of the CFZ for over ten years now, it is only now that it has a dedicated blog.

Wednesday, 2 September 2015


No, we don't generally think of the moose as a cryptid - that is, when it's on its native turf.  But for some time there had been speculation that a population of introduced moose was to be found in New Zealand.  Such animals had been introduced certainly, but did they still exist in the wild?  There was speculation among cryptozoologists that a population might survive in the Fiordland area, but no proof.  Even when K. Tustin discovered moose antlers minus their moose, it seems not to have been regarded as proof.  But in 2005, he discovered some hairs which looked moose like.  These were tested at Trent University in the vicinity and there now cannot be any doubt that this out of place cryptid lingers there.

The term "moose"

The moose is identical with an animal called an elk in Europe.  In the United States, however, the term elk is applied to the wapiti.  Isn't language confusing?

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